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We have grown quickly in recent years, enhancing our reputation and increasing turnover, which now stands at almost £100m. Now an established Top 30 national law firm, we have eight offices, the latest of which opened in Manchester, in January 2009. Our growth has been driven by a commercially driven strategy of seizing opportunities in a changing market, while at the same time staying close to our clients and providing them with the best possible legal advice. At the same time, we have developed an excellent work/life balance alongside an enterprising culture, one that has acted as a magnet for some of the brightest and best legal talent. It is this that has enabled us to expand organically. Culture and brand help us stand out, and our strong values programme is reinforced at every job interview, promotion opportunity, and performance and development review. We believe that a service-oriented, client-centred law firm stands the best chance of thriving as the much anticipated Legal Services Act approaches, and the significant changes it will bring. And in February 2010 we announced Access Legal from Shoosmiths, a new brand bringing together more than 100 consumer services in seven areas: conveyancing; employment law advice; legal disputes; medical negligence solicitors; motoring law; personal injury solicitors; and Wills, family and wealth. Its aim is to make legal services easily accessible to consumers, while at the same time complementing Shoosmiths' corporate client offering.

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Examining the conduct of directors and personal liability - a recent case

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 23 August 2016 | Practice Area: Directors

Calculating holiday pay: what should be included?

This Shoosmiths briefing looks at the judgment of Brettle & Others v Dudley Metropolitan Council regarding the calculation of holiday pay, what it should include and what counts as 'regular' payment.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 16 August 2016 | Practice Area: Contract of Employment and Statutory rights

Fair dismissal for misconduct: pitfalls to avoid and best practice

Misconduct is one of the five potentially fair reasons under the Employment Rights Act 1996 for which an employer may dismiss an employee. This Shoosmiths briefing looks at how to dismiss an employee for misconduct fairly, in order to avoid a claim for unfair dismissal.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 03 August 2016 | Practice Area: Termination of Contract

Brand owners and Brexit: what IP rights holders should be doing now

The result of the EU referendum has left intellectual property (IP) rights holders concerned and confused over their current and future position. Savvy brand owners should be reviewing their IP portfolios to ensure they are adequately protected - this briefing sets out what action to take now.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 27 July 2016 | Practice Area: Intellectual Property

What will Brexit mean for you and your European workers?

Following the dramatic results in the EU referendum, immigration issues will be top of the negotiations with the EU as the UK seeks to leave. What will this mean for businesses and their European workers? This briefing looks at some of the key implications.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 28 June 2016 | Practice Area: Immigration

Uncertainty around transferring personal data from the EEA to the US - what are the options?

The uncertainty for companies that transfer personal data from Europe to the US is set to continue, with doubts raised over the Privacy Shield proposals. This briefing looks at Safe Harbor, the Privacy Shield, and the options available to companies transferring personal data from the EEA to the US.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 17 June 2016 | Practice Area: Data Subjects

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Who can stop the blockchain train? Assessing the technology shaking up the global finance industry

The benefits and risks of the Bitcoin crypto-currency have received much media attention, and it seems that big business has woken up to the potential of blockchain - the technology underpinning Bitcoin - to revolutionise global commerce. This article discusses some of the potential benefits.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 09 June 2016 | Practice Area: Banking and Finance

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Changes to partnership legislation for private equity and venture capital funds

The UK Government is pressing ahead with plans to make changes to partnership legislation for private equity and venture capital funds, and has now considered - and responded to - submissions received after a consultation on the proposals. This briefing looks at the changes to the initial plans.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 08 June 2016 | Practice Area: Company Capital Maintenance

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What is a Community Interest Company?

The traditional limited company structure tends to be the favoured choice to run a business, but even then there can be refinements to its structure and mechanics. This article discusses the role of a Community Interest Company (CIC) – what makes a CIC useful, and what you can do with it.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 07 June 2016 | Practice Area: Corporate reorganisation

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Signs of the times: transgender equality best practice for employers

Transgender discrimination continues to make the news, with a ferry operator recently agreeing to remove the words 'ladies' and 'gentlemen' from its toilet doors and replace them with symbols. This briefing looks at the details of the case and sets out best practice recommendations for employers.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 03 June 2016 | Practice Area: Litigation and Dispute Resolution

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